Celebrating Jeep

Heritage Festival Poster Unveiled

Larry Jewett - April 03, 2013 09:34 AM


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A collage of 1940s newspaper headlines, Jeep illustrations and vintage Jeep advertisements are the focus of the new 2013 Friends of the Festival limited edition print unveiled by the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. The new print is the third in a series of artwork created exclusively for the "Friends of the Festival."
Since the Festival's inaugural year in 2011, a special painting has been created by a Western Pennsylvania artist to commemorate the event. A limited run of signed and numbered prints are then created and sold to help make the Festival possible. This year, only 100 16x20 prints are available.
Jason Woolslare, a Cranberry Township resident and Seneca Valley Intermediate High School art teacher, created the 2013 painting. It features illustrations of three Jeeps on a hill built from old newspaper advertisements and newspaper headlines that demonstrate Butler's excitement for their contributions in creating the Jeep for the nation's war effort. The artwork tells a visual story of patriotism, service and respect for what has come before, while creating a unique, visual piece.
"I tried to create a composition that the viewer would have to see multiple times, and hopefully find new images each time they viewed it," said Woolslare. "I also wanted to give the Jeeps some ‘human’ characteristics of a Jeep family, with the ‘father’ looking down the hill at the younger jeeps who are climbing up to show respect to the father of all Jeeps."
The prints are four-color process lithographs printed on a uncoated bright white cover stock. It features foil embossing of a high definition brass die to showcase the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival logo.
"Our three Friends of the Festival prints are so unique and different, yet they all celebrate Butler's Jeep heritage by incorporating elements of our community and our past," said Patti Jo Lambert, Festival director. "We hope Jeep enthusiasts and historians will add this piece to their collections and support our efforts to execute another successful Festival."
The unframed prints are $104 each (including shipping and handling) and include a certificate of authenticity. They can be purchased in the Online Store section of the Festival's website, A limited number of framed prints are also available beginning the week of April 8 for an additional cost at the following Butler County shops:
• Butler County Historical Society in Butler.  724-283-8116
• Plumberry Gifts in Cranberry. 724-772-5200
• Whitey's General Store in Zelienople.  724-473-8446
• Porter House Brew Shop in Portersville.  724-368-9771
• Mimi's Memories, Antiques and Gifts in Saxonburg.  724-524-0565
Each shop will have a limited inventory and various hours. Customers should call the shop for more information.  For those who wish to purchase merchandise online, prices include shipping and handling. Check the website for a shipping schedule located at the bottom of the FAQs. The online store will be open until May 19.
The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is organized by the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau with support from the Butler County Historical Society, Butler Downtown, other local organizations and a group of committed volunteers and Jeep enthusiasts.  Together, they are creating a signature annual event celebrating Butler, Pa.'s role as the birthplace of the jeep.  The Festival will take place in Downtown Butler and Coopers Lake Campground, near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
The inaugural event in 2011 attracted more than 1,300 Jeep participants from 25 states. Festival activities were attended by more than 30,000 spectators.  The Festival was awarded a Guinness World Record for the Longest Parade of Jeeps.  In 2012, nearly 1,500 Jeeps from 25 states participated in the three-day event, a 14 percent increase from the previous year.